On May 11, in two separate incidents, Evanston Township High School students reported being robbed at the school, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. Two ETHS male students, 18 and 17 years old, have been charged with the robberies. 

The first robbery took place at 10:20 a.m., when two offenders approached a student while he was opening his locker. One of the offenders placed his arm around the victim’s neck and then pushed him to the hallway floor. The offender then said, “Let me get that phone,” said the Commander. The victim refused, and one of the offender’s took an Apple iPhone from the victim’s pocket. The offenders then fled. 

Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., the same offenders approached two students as they were walking in the hallway, said the Commander. According to both student victims, the offenders came from behind, pushed them against the wall, causing them to fall to the floor. One of the offenders said, “Give me that cell phone.” The offenders then took the victims’cell phones from their pockets and fled, said the Commander. 

A joint investigation was then conducted by the Evanston police E.T.H.S. school resource officer and E.T.H.S. security staff. This joint investigation resulted in the identification of both offenders, said the Commander. The offenders were each charged with two felony counts of strong arm robbery. A court date is set for June 14.

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...